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Reports of damp soar in social housing as residents avoid turning on heating

Condensation dampness – regarded as major public health risk – is said to be increasing, with experts blaming rising energy bills.

The Guardian says there’s been an “explosion in reports of damp and mould in social housing” because tenants on low incomes can no longer afford to switch on their heating – a sign of Britain’s cost-of-living crisis.

Experts are apparently blaming the new condensation damp phenomenon on increasing poverty and rising energy bills.

“This is something social landlords, housing associations and local authorities should really be taking note of,” said Julie Freemantle, Head of Training at Upkeep Training. “Staff in housing need the right skills and know-how to identify the signs that damp and condensation is setting in. If these are overlooked, serious health problems can occur for people living in such properties.”

Read the Guardian’s full article here.

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